Primary school which had ‘unacceptably low’ results still needs improvement

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A Crawley primary school which had ‘unacceptably low’ standards in 2013 still needs to improve.

Broadfield East Junior School was rated ‘Requires Improvement’ - the second lowest rating of four grades - in a report published by the inspectorate on May 19.

Dave Tow, headteacher since January, said: “Standards are our main priority and we will continue working with our children and parents to driving up standards at Broadfield East Junior School.

“We’re pleased that Ofsted has recognised the hard work we’ve already done, but, we look forward to continuing our journey to becoming a ‘good’ school and beyond.”

The Kemnal Academies Trust started running the school as an academy in 2012.

School reports showed pupils were not achieving minimal levels in reading, writing and mathematics in 2013.

The academy’s leadership and teaching was criticised following a DoE visit to the school last July.

The Department of Education said pupils’ performance at the school was ‘unacceptably low’ in a letter to the trust in October 2013.

Ofsted inspected the school on April 24 and 25.

Its report said the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching needed to improve.

It stated: “Although rising, standards reached by pupils by the end of Year 6 are still too low.

“Expectations of the quality of pupils’ written work are not high enough.

“Pupils do not practise their skills enough in reading, writing and mathematics across a range of subjects.”

The school’s management did not ‘secure good progress’ for students and staff roles were not ‘fully developed’.

The school governing body had no representatives that were parents.

The report praised pupils’ progress, attitudes to learning and improvements made at the school under the new leadership.

It stated: “In recent terms, pupils have made more accelerated progress.

“Pupils with English as an additional language are supported well.”

The school’s teacher performance management had improved. It promoted pupils’ moral and social development well. It is to improve teaching to ensure pupils reach at least the national average by Year 6.